Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines

Welcome to the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines.

What do the Guidelines cover?

The Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme guidelines has information on eligibility, payments and allowances available to help the families of primary, secondary, and certain tertiary students who cannot attend an appropriate state school on a daily basis because of geographical isolation.

General AIC Scheme information and AIC Scheme Claim forms can be obtained from the Department of Human Services' Centrelink Services:

The Department of Human Services - Centrelink conducts assessments, processes claims and makes payments on behalf of the department.

Overview of AIC

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme helps eligible parents and carers with the extra costs of educating their children when they cannot go to an appropriate government school.

Parents and carers may need to access the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme because they:

  • live in an isolated area
  • have a disability
  • have special health needs.

If an appropriate government school is not available, the family can choose a different school for the child to attend and they can get financial assistance to assist with the additional costs.

Parents and carers may be able to receive:

  • Basic and Additional Boarding Allowances
  • Distance Education Allowance
  • Second Home Allowance
  • Pensioner Education Supplement.

All allowances under the scheme, except the Additional Boarding Allowance, are free of income and assets tests, but applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

Current Guidelines

View the 2016 Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines, updated 27 January 2016, as...

Previous Guidelines

2016 Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines, as available 4 to 26 January 2016.

2015 Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines, effective from 1 July to 31 December 2015.

2015 Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines, effective from 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015

2014 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2013 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2012 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2011 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2010 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2009 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2008 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2007 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2006 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2005 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2004 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2003 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines

2002 Assistance for Isolated Children Guidelines